Zefferelli's is a sophisticated, warm spot upstairs on Robson Street featuring a menu of rustic, authentic Italian cuisine.
I really like this place, and I have recommended it to friends, but the veal special the other day was too tough to call veal. There comes a point in the life of a calf when it isn't "veal" any more. The special was called veal parmesan. It was breaded and tenderized, but not enough, There were two of us, and we both had great difficulty even cutting this dish. Steak knives would have helped, but not with the chewing. The sauce was delicious, the service was very good, but the meal was not acceptable. I say either buy real veal and charge a little more or drop this shoe leather from the menu.
Came here last Monday (January 28th) with a friend of mine for her birthday. We were seated immediatly, and had the pleasure of being served by a friendly waiter. It was my friends 4th or 5th time being here, but it was my first.
For drinks, I ordered a Shirley Temple, and my friend had a glass of white wine. The Shirley Temple was the only dissapointing part of the evening ($3.50 , but didn't taste bad, but not great)
For dinner, we had both ordered Linguini Alfredo. our food probably took 20 minutes to come. It was soooo good and creamy (although it costed about $18, it was so well worth it and it filled us up really good) It was just so tasty and magnificent like it oughta be in an Italian restaurant.
And when we though that was it, the waiter had brought a Tiramisu cake out for my friend and we sang Happy Birthday (Just at our table, not the whole restaurant like they do at Red Robin's) Although both of us being full, we both ate half of the Tiramisu cake.....we really liked it.
Thank you for good food and a good evening......we will return
Went here last Friday for a group X-mas lunch, first time. It's on the 2nd floor, just above the Cactus Club on Robson St. The place was full due to many X-mas lunch parties. First thing I noticed was how loud it was, where you can't even hear the person sitting across from you. My ears were actually hurting and I would say it's much louder than at a popular Chinese restaurant during Dim Sum on Saturdays. The server did not mention the daily specials or maybe she did and I didn't hear her. I shared the cold appy platter - nice with several different veggies, mussels etc. Then the veal for the main dish - just average and not well put together. Came with risotto which was pretty bad, was not very creamy and was more like a bad rice pilaf at a greek restaurant. Price was a bit high, just under $20. My companions had the pasta and they looked good and they were large portions. Many couldn't finish so why don't they cut the size a bit and also the price as they were approx. $16. Overall I may try again to give them another chance but first experience was not good.
Food: spaghetti al ragu was a bit on the salty side for me. i had the linguine w/ italian sausage a few weeks ago and i enjoyed that much better. fettucine con polo had a nice balance b/w texture, taste, and temperature. my b/f was impressed by his first bite.
Service: our server this time was very casual and aloof. she was nice but nothing spectacular. our server last time was fantastic! he was so attentive in making suggestions, offering us a dessert not even on the menu, coming by to check up on us, etc. it was night and day.
Value: fairly large portions. for a few dollars more i'd rather come here for pasta then have pasta at earls, cactus, or milestones.
Ambiance: very comfortable setting. enjoyed our window seats overlooking robson. by boyfriend liked the display of wines along the wall. date appropriate. on both recent visits they didnt rush us at all. we were able to have nice, long, intimate dinners.
Overall: def worth putting into the rotation. i wouldnt mind trying their non pasta entree dishes next time. if you've got your entertainment card, dont forget to bring it to save up to $19!!
The pastas are served in quite reasonable portions. The prices are surprisingly good for the location especially when you want to let your wallet take a break from the hits received from the great restaurant next door, CinCin's.
The pastas are made nicely al dente. The sauces are flavourful. The margherita pizza appetizer seems lacking in something. But even so, portion-wise, it might as well have been a full entree order!
The tiramisu dessert is a little too sugary while the layers of mascarpone is a little thin (equally as thin/thick as the brown sugary layer(s)) as well as too thin sponge layer. Not a tasty balance at all. Size-wise, it is a generously large square more than adequate for sharing between two.
As the evening wore on, the room filled up, and got much more livelier. For the early diner, it can be romantic, but later, it becomes more of a classy family restaurant because of the noise level and the crowd.
All in all, a positive experience so I will be back to try their osso buco, which I would have opted for over one of our pastas, but our server neglected to mention ANY of their daily specials and since it wasn't on the menu, I was not aware that they offered it even. Nearing the end of our meal, I heard another server listing that off to the newly seated table next to us. Other than that, our server was quite friendly & it's a very casual unpretentious atmosphere.
I came here to accompany my gf's friend's birthday dinner. A somewhat last minute plan we split the Ribeye with Gorgonzola. The steak was grilled underdone to our request however most restaurants I've found tend to do the same. Still, an excellent cut with great char flavours and tenderness. Our side which looked like cubes of potatoes smothered in a gorgonzola sauce ended up being cubed polenta, lightly browned. An unusual and unexpected surprise. It was good, but it was heavy on the savoury scale. Portion size was above generous. A friend who also came alongside their gf liked their Spaghetti al Ragu with the simmered meat sauce with fresh herbs.
Service was good, without the reminders that I was dining on Robson St.
Warm, inviting space, fairly devoid of any instances of looking or feeling hip. Viable place for a date with the ambience and mood.
A good find for pasta on the strip.
My co-workers decided to meet up for dinner downtown (on Robson Street no less) and picked Zefferelli's for dinner. I hate going anywhere near Robson as it is so hard to finding parking. Needless to say, I was 20 minutes late due to the parking issue.
As my co-workers had over 20 minutes to mull over the menu, they already knew what to have. I scanned the menu and decided on the stuffed portobello mushrooms with cheese as an appetizer and the rib eye steak for dinner. My other 3 co-workers all decided on pasta.
Presentation was nice for both my dishes. Food was decent, but was not remarkable. My portobello mushrooms were nice (although the cheese was a bit strong ... what kind of cheese was it ?) ... and the rib eye steak tasted like a piece of unseasoned steak. The only flavor that I got was from the balsamic vinegar and oil dressing that they drizzled around the plate and the natural juices from the meat. I like my meat seasoned, so the steak wasn't anything remarkable either. My meal wasn't bad, but it wasn't anything that I would rave about to others.
Lack of parking would prohibit me from making dinner plans again at this restaurant. And even if I were on Robson, there are other restaurants that I would probably try out first.
Seems pricey, but very filling! I didn't try the pastas but the plates looked huge.
Food: chicken dishes are very tasty. I really liked the grilled chicken...nice and juicy and not soaked in sauces. Appetizers are on the expensive side.
Service: server was very nice, but didn't come around that often.
Ambiance: Clean and pleasant.
May come back for the pastas, but I'm not in a huge rush to go back since there's so many Italian restaurants along Robson St.
This place has been on Robson for a long time but yet I never seemed to know what this restaurant was all about until yesterday. Located above the Robson street Cactuc Club is Zefferellis. Overrated joint with average food. Service was decent but I guess Cactus Club attracts more business than this place.
I decided to try Zefferelli's for a late lunch and to warm up after a long day of shopping. I was quite pleased with it all. The place was nearly empty (it was 3:00 pm) and the service was prompt and attentive. I was seated next to the window and enjoyed looking down on Robson Street as I sipped on a perfect Manhattan (OK, it's hard to mess up a Manhattan). The background music was pleasant and cool and not too loud (Madeleine Peyroux, Feist). The Cobb Salad was one of the best I've had with perfectly cooked bacon, avocado, chicken and barely (if any) dressing. The tables were nicely appointed but the entry-way and bathroom could use some work.
This place looks nice enough, being located in the heart of Robsonstrasse, but looks is all this place has going for it. The pasta was very unremarkable, although the service was friendly and courteous enough. The permium prices certainly do not reflect the quality of the food, but more the cost of the rent. I disagree with the previous critique. This place has nothing on Anton's. Save you money and fill two bellies for the price of one at Anton's. You aren't missing anything here...
I never eat pasta, but truly love it. This restaurant makes the best spaghetti ever!!!!!! I had enough to have it the next day, and cant give it a high enough rating,. I had a lovely seat at the window, a great glass of wine, and enjoyed it immensely. Only thing is, my son is in a wheelchair, and I wish I could share this great place with him
My fiance and I were told about this restaurant by friends and when we went here for dinner we could see why. We were greeted and treated as a priority with little to no wait time. They made sure that we were seated at a table of our liking and provided us with outstanding service by attending too our needs in a timely order.The atmosphere reflected an athentic italian flavour in everything from the dinning room itself to the decor surrounding it. The food was of excellent value, one of the best downtown. The portions were huge almost enough to share if you have an appetizer, and the food quality in itself rivals tastes of some of the more fancy expensive italian restaurants. I would definatley recomend this restaurant to anyone who loves italian food especially pasta.
Robson Street has a nice energy and buzz and on a warm evening with good food, it's a nice slice of life. Took my mother to Zefferelli's for her birthday at the recommendation of a coworker. Very nice ambiance, very decent food, and prompt service. My mother enjoyed the the food too. I'll be going back. Al dente the way it should be with their pasta dishes.
I would have thought that a place on Robson would be overpriced with small portions but that was not the case. The appies were well priced and good sized and the entrees were the same. It was very tasty as well, although I wouldn't say it is any different from any other Italian restaurant. None the less, I would still recomend this place as it doesn't follow the Robson trend
Zeffirelli's is nothing new but it isn't exactly behind the times either. Vancouver has been popping up a horde of box clone restaurants with paper cut hostesses and university student faux hawked waiters that can barely spell 'szechuan beef' let alone serve it.
This restaurant though has always had a mature staff and stable menu, you can go in, be seated and just sit down to eat. I read some other reviews arguing the price, did you look at CinCin's prices down the street? They are easily double and it isn't for the food quality.
Yes there are cheaper italian restaurants in the city but on Robson? Forget about it. You pay a premium for location and that translates into the price we pay for the food, nothing new there.
One thing that is new though is the menu which is long over due, we have been going there for years and the new update is both refined and enriched. The veal milanese is incredible!! You wouldnt expect to find a dish like this here but considering the restaurant is surrounded by CinCin and Fortes it is expected I suppose.
I think anyone who takes the time to sit down and review a restaurant is generally a little more critical than most and for all the faults that this restaurant has (not unlike most in our city) there are some shining gems both on the menu and amongst the staff.
This is a wonderful little Italian spot right downtown. Standard American Italian food, very good and competent. The atmosphere is wonderful, a very romantic spot. Service is very good. And yes, they do an exceptional Tiramisu.
service was excellent, friendly, knowledgable, and prompt. Mushroom appetizer thing was fantastic, would have licked the plate if i was alone in the restaurant. Entrees were ok. Had veal parmesan by special request, it was a little burnt on the bottom but it was tasty nevertheless. Husband had some roasted veal dish, he wasn`t really impressed with that either. pasta sides were really good so next time I`ll probably order a pasta dish insetad.
4/5 of us complained about our food, either too dry or too spicy. I think the meatball I ordered was eating my teeth. Our server could only apologize to us and bring us some tomato sauce to soften the dry pastas.
The Wine list is full of trivial wines that you wont even bother glancing in liquor store. Since the menu is exclusively Italian food, why the hell even bother putting crappy Australian Shiraz to fill the wine list? They should focus more on Italian wines, like non-crap Chianti, sone supertuscan, nebbiolo, or even French/German wines. I saw some decent Malbec (El Felino) on the wall shelves but it wasn't even on the wine list. WTF ???
Finally, there is a salad bar in the middle of the room which I thought was buffet, but apparently that's where the waiters get your appetizers. Tells you something about the freshness.
Lunch at Zefferelli's is usually a solid bet, good service, a decent selection of wine and tasty food. Our party arrived (with a reservation) and were promptly seated. The place was perhaps half full. Service was quick, if brusque. I ordered the spagetti ragu. The food took some time to arrive, considering the place was half empty. The noodles were way too el dente, almost crunchy. The sauce was incredibly salty, I must have drank 5 glasses of water during and after the meal. In light of the past great meals there, I would not suggest avoiding the place, I hope it was just a one off.